Research with People: Theory, Plans and Practicals

Research with People: Theory, Plans and Practicals

by Nigel Holt, Ian Walker


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Whether analyzing attitudes, measuring opinions or observing habits, researchers who investigate people's behaviour need a wide range of techniques at their disposal. Research with people provides a unique introduction to these methods that is both clear and accessible.

Through a series of sample practicals, Holt and Walker guide you step-by-step through the process of designing and carrying out research. The authors, both experienced lecturers and researchers, use these practicals to explain theories of research design and teach you how to choose the right technique for your research topic every time. Research with People is full of handy and reassuring advice that makes it ideal as a class textbook or as a private study guide.

People are complex, and as a result conducting good-quality human research can seem daunting. This introductory textbook not only shows you how good planning can make research easy and reliable, but also reminds you how exciting it can be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230545557
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 07/15/2009
Edition description: 2009
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

NIGEL HOLT is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Bath Spa University College, UK. He received his degree in Psychology from Reading University and completed his D.Phil in Experimental Psychology at York University, UK. He is commissioning editor for Psychology Review.

IAN WALKER is Lecturer in Psychology and Director of Studies for Master of Research at the University of Bath, UK. He received his BSc and D.Phil in Psychology from York University, UK.

Table of Contents

PART I: THINKING ABOUT RESEARCH.- The Problem with People: Variation and Hypothesis Testing.- Who Will You Study? Samples and Populations.- How Will You Describe Your Findings?.- What Have You Found? Inferential Statistics.- PART II: DOING RESEARCH.- Designing a Study: Running For The Bus.- Designing a Study: The Best Way To Manage People.- Practical: It's a Matter of Taste.- Practical: Abnormal Cells on a Slide -How People Search for Things.- Practical: Constructing Memories.- Practical: I'm Trying to Concentrate!.- Practical: What Do You think? AttitudeResearch.- Practical: Something's Not Right.- Practical:Too Many Cooks Or Not Enough Heads?.- Practical: Head Size and Intelligence.- PART III: THE REALLY USEFUL SECTION.- Thinking Critically.- Sample Write-ups.- Glossary.

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This is the first research methods book that made me smile! It is a great 'how-to' guide, it is written in a very digestible format and doesn't overwhelm the reader. This will be a great resource for undergraduates, making the research process less painful for them and their supervisors!' - Dr Nicola Fear, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, UK

'Many students believe that the study of research methods is both difficult and dull. 'Research with people' can help dispel that belief. Holt and Walker manage to discuss the complex concepts involved clearly, simply and engagingly, using everyday examples to both inform and entertain the reader. Read it just to find out what the unipodus test is!' – Dr Nick Lund, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

'In an area where misunderstanding is rife, this book is approachable and easy to use. It provides stimulating examples that grab the reader's attention, effectively conveying the principles of research methodologies. In the classroom, that really means the difference between passing and failing courses. The authors are to be congratulated on this great read' - James Bailey, Learning Area Manager for Social Sciences, Itchen College, UK

'Holt and Walker have written an extremely readable, accessible and stimulating introduction for all those students interested in studying human behaviour. In light-hearted prose, and avoiding heavy statistical language, the book distils complex matter into comprehensible reading. An excellent guide through all the key elements necessary to understand how to conduct proper research.' - Dr Michael L. W. Vliek, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Psychology, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

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